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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 21, 1996

     The President today announced his intent to appoint Alfred

Gottschalk and Nathan Shapell to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Alfred Gottschalk of Ohio served as the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) since 1971 and is currently its chancellor. He is an internationally renowned rabbi and scholar. Dr. Gottschalk is also a professor of the Bible and Jewish religious thought in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Prior to his current position, he was an associate and assistant professor at the HUC-JIR and a visiting professor at UCLA. Dr. Gottschalk is on the executive committees of the American Red Cross (Cincinnati chapter), the Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems and the International Council of the World Union of Jewish Studies. Additionally, he serves as a member of the American Academy of Religion and the National Education Association. Dr. Gottschalk was an original member of President Carter's Commission on the Holocaust, the predecessor of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College, a graduate degree in literature and Rabbinic Ordination from the HUC-JIR, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Nathan Shapell of California, a Holocaust survivor, is the CEO and chairman of the Board of Shapell Industries, Inc. in Beverly Hills, California, which he co-founded in 1955. He is a leading spokesman in the housing and real estate development industry and is a frequent speaker at national meetings and conventions. Mr. Shapell is a member of the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University. He has also served as past chairman of the State of California's Commission on Government Reform and the President's Commission on the Holocaust. Additionally, Mr. Shapell served as chair of the California Task Force on Affordable Housing and the Subcommittee of President Reagan's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (Grace Commission). He also served as president of Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.-) America. Mr. Shapell is the recipient of the Financial World Award and the American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award. He has received honorary degrees from Tel Aviv ??University and Santa Clara University.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established in 1979 to provide for the annual commemoration and observance of the Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust and to construct and operate a living memorial to its victims.